Thursday, May 28, 2015

Minnesota Loon Juice Honey Crisp Hard Cider

I reviewed some hard ciders and flavored beers at the end of last year. I'm totally not making this into a beer or hard cider blog, but I tried this the other night (mainly because it was cheap and it was local) and thought I'd share:




It wasn't the best ever, but the carbonation was really nice and crisp. Really, the word here is CRISP because I feel like that's totally the best way to describe this. The flavor was OK, but I hoped it was a little sweeter. If I had to rank it, I'd have to give it a 6 out of 10.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Durango Soda Company Zuberfizz Original Cola

I grabbed this for a caffeine boost the other afternoon:

Durango Soda Company Zuberfizz Original Cola


Brand: Durango Soda Company Zuberfizz Original Cola.

Origin: Durango, Colorado.

Purchase Place: "Minnesota's Largest Candy Store," Jordan, MN.

Sweetener: Cane Sugar.

Review: Like many "good" colas, this has a very deep, rich flavor. It's almost smokey (but not as weird as that sounds), and there are "fruity" hints (but not as wussy as that sounds). It was rich without being heavy. Good flavor. Perfect amount of carbonation without being harsh. If you like colas, give this a try!

Score: 8.5 out of 10.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Judge Wapner Root Beer

After a big day of cooking, I thought I'd take a bit of a risk and crack into this:

Judge Wapner Root Beer

Judge Wapner Root Beer
Nice tag line.  :)


Brand: Judge Wapner Root Beer.

Origin: Camarillo, CA.

Purchase Place: "Minnesota's Largest Candy Store," Jordan, MN.

Sweetener: Cane Sugar.

Review: This wasn't as bad as I expected. I mean, it's a root beer by the first TV judge of People's Court - I hopes weren't high! But it was OK and quite drinkable. It had a bit of an old fashioned richness to it, with a bit of a bite. It's sure not the best ever, but it was decent. I'll rate this a bit better than average (surprisingly).

Score: 6.5 out of 10.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Jarritos Mango Soda

About 10 days ago, I won a duathlon (it's a run/bike/run race - like a triathlon, but with another run in place of the swim).  Because it was in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, the winner's "goodie bag" had Mexican themed things in it, including a 1.5 liter bottle of Mango flavored Jarritos Mexican soda.

Goodie bag

Jarritos Mango Soda


Brand: Jarritos Mango Soda

Origin: Mexico.

Purchase Place: Unknown.

Sweetener: Sugar.

Review: I'll be upfront: I don't really care for mangos. But this was OK. It was sweet, but not too sweet. It was right in the middle of my "smooth vs bite" scale. This surprised me a bit - for not liking mango things, this was as good as it really could have been.

Score: 6 out of 10.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Root Beer Pulled Pork

This past weekend, I made an easy, tasty meal with some root beer. It required 4 ingredients and a crockpot:

The 4 ingredients: pork loin, seasoning, an onion, and root beer.

Pork with seasoning, onion, and root beer in the crockpot.

After 2 hours on high.

After 4 hours on high.

Pork 4.5 hours later.

The juices after 4.5 hours. It had no sweetness, and was very savory. The aftertaste had a hint of root beer.

Shredding the pork, with a pile of fat at the upper right, and the onions in the middle of the top - I had to
cut up the onions so my 3-year-old would eat them.

Shredded with all but about 1 cup of the liquid mixed back in.  We've found it to be too juicy if all the liquid is used.

It's really that easy. I added more seasoning to the pull pork when I put it back in the crockpot for another half hour because a lot of the seasoning that I originally put on the pork came off with all the fat I cut off while shredding. Try this some day!

- pork
- bottle/can of root beer
- 1 cut up onion
- seasoning to taste

Add all ingredients together, and cook until meat is done. (Roughly 3-4 hours on high, 5-8 hours on low.)  Take out pork and shred. Reserve some of the liquid, and add the shredded pork and most of the liquid back to the crockpot. Add more seasoning if desired, as well as however much liquid you'd like. Cook on low for another 30 minutes. Eat.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Americana Honey Cream

I cracked into this in my classroom between classes:

Americana Honey Cream


Brand: Americana Honey Cream.

Origin: Mukileteo, WA.

Purchase Place: "Minnesota's Largest Candy Store," Jordan, MN.

Sweetener: Cane Sugar and Pure Organic Honey.

Review: This is sort of what I hoped it would taste like. It has the smoothness and plainness (I mean that in a good way) of a cream soda. But there's a strong honey flavor as well. I guess that makes sense - it's called "honey creme" after all. The flavor is pretty good, but it lingers a bit in my mouth. Not bad - worth a try if you like honey!

Score: 6 out of 10.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Hank's Gourmet Diet Root Beer

After helping some students in class this past week, I cracked into a treat I brought from home in my classroom:

Hank's Gourmet Diet Root Beer


Brand: Hank's Gourmet Diet Root Beer.

Origin: Trevose, PA.

Purchase Place: "Minnesota's Largest Candy Store," Jordan, MN.

Sweetener: Aspartame.

Review: This was OK from the start. Nothing fancy, but not horrible. Just OK. As with most diet root beers, it was a little watery and weak. But the flavor was decent - it was a bit earthy and herby, without being to heavy handed. That's the review I guess: a little thin, but decent flavor.

Score: 5.5 out of 10.